Paths and Choices

All human conditions are woven around with means and ends; choices and goals; influences on others and from others; and personal, family, community, and national histories, philosophies, religions, and cultures.  No one is alone and unconnected.  Examining our common paths helps us be aware of the choices and consequences we are creating.

Yet looking at ourselves as individuals is not enough.  How do individuals interact with and influence each other?  What are the choices for moral Growth or Decay in the family, school, community, state, and nation?

Paths in the Family 3.0.0

The first and most lasting influence on individuals is the extended family group.  Families set up expectations and behavior patterns.  In our families we learn how humans interact.  We learn what our place in the world is and how we should relate to others.  We learn how to use language and how to read emotional responses.  As we venture out into the world, we continue to judge it and the people around us based on the primary attitudes and behaviors we learned “at our mother’s knee.”  We can change, but it is hard.

Phyllis Ballata

Without Words We Cannot Think

“No man [no one] is an island, entire of itself; every man [everyone] is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. . . . Any man’s [anyone’s] death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind [Humankind]; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”  John Donne (1572-1631), Meditation XVII from Devotions upon Emergent Occasions (1623)

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